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South Indian Dishes

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Kerala Parippu Recipe – Moong Dal Curry – Simple Yet Nourishing


As far back as I can remember, my Father has been subscribing to Reader’s Digest. From cover to cover, highly engaging articles supplement our vocabulary, entertain us, increase awareness of health, finance, environment and practically everything that is worth knowing and motivate us with real-life dramas. Now we have zillions of magazines to choose from. … Continue reading

Erissery – Pumpkin and Red Beans Curry – Once Again,………… It’s Onam, Ponnonam


It’s that time of the year again……… ……….when a dreary, wet month of incessant rain ends in a bountiful harvest. ……….when the roads are full of busy shoppers weaving their way through the never – ending  traffic. ……….when vibrant hues of the flowers are matched only by the exuberance of the happy, excited children who … Continue reading

Uzhunnu Vada /Urud Dal Vada – Golden Moments


One of the most defining moments of a mother is when her baby begins to utter her first few words and so it was with me. One among them was ‘ Belle’, to my thrilled sister. Since Belle translates to ‘beautiful woman’ in French, she wouldn’t have any other. As children, we have shared a … Continue reading

Dosa, Chutney and Filter Coffee-The South Indian Life Line


Today the main artery of Bangalore. M.G.Road is  teeming with vehicles and pedestrians. We seldom go there now, since there are  malls and shops dotting each locality. In the eighties, M.G.Road was where we used to go for eating out or shopping or just chilling out with friends  in the evenings. I am nostalgic about … Continue reading

Avial – Kerala Mixed Vegetable Dish – A Lesson Learned Well


When we moved to Bangalore in the late seventies, we rented a small, cozy house on the West Of Chord Road where the houses were few and far in between. Windy and cold in the evenings, I used to spend  them listening to songs on my trusted transistor, trying to turn out a passable dinner. … Continue reading

Ulli (Small Onion) Sambar – Understanding Life And Living


Just a few months back, a sprightly  girl invited us to take part in a workshop conducted by the youth wing of  an organisation.The session, interspersed with narrations, was interactive, thought-provoking and brilliantly executed. The dynamism, sincerity and dedication of the youth, motivated us and injected fresh insights and energy into our lives in more … Continue reading

Kalan – Kerala Kalan Recipe – The King Of Sadya


When cooking Kerala food, I turn for guidance to Chechi, my son-in-law’s mother ,a wonderful human being and a cook par excellence. Everything she cooks is exquisite and brings forth the quintessential flavors of Kerala. Whenever we go to their home,unfailingly we are treated to a sumptuous ‘sadya’ and every dish – olan, avial, kalan, sambar, … Continue reading

Amma’s Istoo – Vineyards and A Lake


Looking back, I am amazed at how secure, unchanging and predictable my childhood  world was. No wave big or small was allowed to disturb the routine of our days. Only after being a parent, did I realise how much my parents must have worked to make it that way. Studies were of prime importance but … Continue reading

RAVA UPMA – The Simple Rava Upma/Uppumavu shows the way


As you go through life in its wonderful journey of ups and downs, every experience contributes to the learning curve of this fascinating landscape. My first experience of real cooking was when we had guests come over at our new home. I went through the recipe books my mother had given me and decided that the … Continue reading